An 18-year-old MI woman died and 22 other people were injured when the vehicle barreled up the sidewalk.
The reportedly suicidal Rojas was heading southbound on Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan at 11:55 a.m. Thursday, when he suddenly whipped a U-turn at West 42nd Street. Twenty-two other people were injured in the incident.
Witnesses in Times Square watched in horror as vehicle plowed over pedestrians, killing one and injuring 19 others. "Everyone thought it was a terrorist attack and ran into buildings screaming".
It was not immediately clear when Rojas would get a lawyer or be arraigned.
Witnesses at the crash said the wounded were "laying on the sidewalks" and others were "screaming and running", as The Washington Post reported.
After Rojas crashed, he fled the scene but was detained by police and civilians, police said.
Elsman, a native of Southwest Michigan, died at the scene.
According to her Facebook page, Elsman was working at a Sonic Drive-In.
Elsman graduated from Portage Central High School in 2016.
Hockey: Kiwis complete 5-0 whitewash against Indian eves
Deep Grace Ekka was successful in converting the PC with an improvised flick to earn India's first goal of the match. She made some impressive saves to keep the Black Sticks from taking further lead.
"She will be deeply missed by the staff and students here", Mr Alburtus said. "Further testing was under way late Thursday to determine whether there were any additional drugs in his system", reports WCBS 2.
Her condition is "very critical, Aubrey said". All six are expected to survive.
Richard Rojas, 26, is charged with second-degree murder, aggravated vehicular homicide and multiple counts of attempted murder. "He's been going through a real tough time", he said.
During his arrest, Rojas allegedly told police: "You were supposed to shoot me!" He pleaded guilty to an infraction in 2015 and was ordered to complete a drunken-driving programme and lost his licence for 90 days. He was sentenced to three months confinement.
Richard Rojas, wearing the same red T-shirt and jeans he wore at the time of the accident on Thursday, appeared subdued during a brief court appearance.
Police sources said he told cops he was hearing voices. Mr Ramos said his friend had taken to posting "crazy stuff" online, which has since been taken down. Police then handcuffed him. "I'm concerned for him".
PHOTOS: Car plows into crowd in Times Square The NYPD released a statement, saying, "It is believed to be an isolated incident, it remains under investigation". Officers searched the auto for bombs and increased security at other popular landmarks on Thursday as a precautionary measure.
"There is no indication that this is was an act of terrorism", New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during an afternoon press conference in Times Square.
- Melania Trump skips headscarf as she arrives in Saudi Arabia
- Security experts find clues to ransomware worm's lingering risks
- Senior White House aide 'person of interest' in Russian Federation probe
- Joel Pereira speaks out about possible Man United debut against Crystal Palace
- Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation
- Argentine footballer sent off after video review
- Ces joueurs d’origine africaine évoluant pour des nations européennes
- Global warming has led to a buried Arctic seed freezer being breached
- Hope India doesnt wreck Rambo: Sylvester Stallone
- Des attaques revendiquées par l'EI font 35 morts